Heather Graham has been in some truly terrific movies over the years. She has pulled down some memorable bit roles in movies such as The Hangover and Scream 2, while also appearing in TV comedies such as Arrested Development, Scrubs, and her extremely short-lived series Emily’s Reasons Why Not, which only aired one episode. She’s also been naked in a lot of her best movies, and perhaps that’s a symptom of her willingness to really go for it, with any role she’s given.
While her misses have been rough and include Lost in Space, The Guru, and Horns, Graham has definitely been in her share of good movies, with films like Bowfinger, From Hell, and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. She has also had her share of so-so movies where she wasn’t naked like, of course, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.
But Graham’s career includes some great roles and our Giant Freakin Movie Score with its highly technical and controversial algorithm is ready to bring you her top films.
EARLY HEATHER GRAHAM IN DRUGSTORE COWBOY (1989)
GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 8.65/10
Drugstore Cowboy was one of Heather Graham’s earliest entries into the movie business, getting her career moving in a positive direction with this massive critical success. In Drugstore Cowboy, Graham played Nadine, a young drug-addicted accomplice who travels around the Pacific Northwest with her boyfriend Rick, and other druggies Bob and Dianne, looking to score drugs to feed their habits, robbing pharmacies and hospitals for their fix.
Matt Dillon and Kelly Lynch played Bob and Dianne with James LeGros playing Rick. Drugstore Cowboy was written and directed by Gus Van Sant and was based on an autobiographical book of the same name by James Fogle.
ICONICALLY NAKED HEATHER GRAHAM IN BOOGIE NIGHTS (1997)
GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 8.6/10
Boogie Nights is set in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and told the story of the early porn industry and centering on one young man in particular, Dirk Diggler, played by Mark Wahlberg. Heather Graham was amongst an impressive ensemble that included Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, William H. Macy, and in his Academy Award-nominated performance, Burt Reynolds.
For Graham’s part, she played Rollergirl, a porn actress who never takes off her roller skates, even when filming her porn scenes. Since she was a porn actress, that meant, of course, that Heather Graham had to be naked. Graham told the DailyNews, “I was basically going on auditions, and to read a script that good, you usually thought, ‘Oh, they’re probably going to cast someone famous.’ Graham beat out Tatum O’Neal and Drew Barrymore for the role and Heather Graham’s followers are thankful Anderson went with her.
A PIVOTAL PART IN SWINGERS (1996)
GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 7.95/10
Heather Graham’s role as Lorraine in Swingers wasn’t a large one, but it certainly was an important one. The movie starred Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn, which was also written by Favreau, who plays Mike Peters, a struggling comedian who moves out to Los Angeles looking to find success.
Depressed because her was recently dumped by his girlfriend of six years, Mike’s friends attempt to set him up with women to take his mind off his ex. As his friends try to get Mike’s mind off his past, his obsession with his ex-girlfriend continues to slow him down. Finally, he meets up with Lorraine and finds that he has a true connection with her. The following morning, he receives a call from his ex and realizes he is finally over her and begins a relationship with Lorraine.
WITH WILL SMITH IN SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1993)
GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 7.8/10
Six Degrees of Separation stars Will Smith in one of his earliest roles, playing a con-artist claiming to be the son of screen legend Sidney Poitier. He invades the home of the Kittredge’s (played by Donald Southerland and Stockard Channing), saying he is friends with one of their Ivy League college kids. As Smith charms the Kittredge family, it soon comes out that he isn’t who he claims to be, but rather a man who has been pulling this con on many in the Upper-East Side.
Heather Graham plays a supporting role in a movie that also featured Sir Ian McKellen and Bruce Davidson. The movie was based on the Pulitzer-Prize nominated play of the same name by John Guare.
HEATHER GRAHAM IN THE REST OF US (2019)
GIANT FREAKIN MOVIE SCORE: 7.55/10
In this well-received independent film, Heather Graham plays Cami, a single mother who takes in her ex-husband’s second wife, after his unexpected death leaves his new family without a home. The movie never received a large release, but did premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Critics loved the movie, saying it was a film that truly showcased Graham’s acting talents.
HEATHER GRAHAM NOW
Heather Graham, after her naked roller-skating role in Boogie Nights, has never shied away from stripping down in movies. Perhaps her freedom in front of the camera came from her strict upbringing as a catholic by her parents and her desire to move away from that attitude.
While being naked on screen has not been an issue for Heather Graham, a run-in with sexual predator Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein opened her eyes to how some in Hollywood work.
In a guest column she wrote for Variety, Heather Graham describes her encounter. “There was a pile of scripts sitting on his desk,” she wrote. “‘I want to put you in one of my movies,’ he said and offered to let me choose which one I liked best. Later in the conversation, he mentioned that he had an agreement with his wife. He could sleep with whomever he wanted when he was out of town…There was no explicit mention that to star in one of those films I had to sleep with him, but the subtext was there.”
She left that meeting but was scheduled for a follow-up with Weinstein at a hotel. Feeling much discomfort, she asked a friend to come along with her to the meeting. When her friend bailed at the last moment, Heather called Weinstein with an excuse to ditch the meeting. Weinstein lied to her in hopes to get her to the hotel, but she was able to stand her ground. She never got the movie part nor was she offered any other parts in Weinstein-produced movies.
Heather Graham continues to get solid work. She can currently be seen in the Stephen King mini-series The Stand, which is airing on CBS All Access. In her one episode on the The Stand, Heather Graham had another one of her now trademark half-naked (it’s CBS after all) sex scenes. She’s as confident and committed to her craft as ever.
Graham has also filmed a pilot for The Hypnotist’s Love Story, based on the Liane Moriarty book of the same name, and has already wrapped the Western The Last Son. She’s still doing full-frontal nudity too. Heather Graham ended up naked on screen two years ago, at the age of 48-years-old in the movie Half Magic.